Permanent vegetative state: A family’s agony

Warren Fyfe

Image caption Jodie Simpson died in 2016 A family whose daughter spent nearly four years in a vegetative state have said it should be easier to withdraw nutrition from such patients. Many relatives have to go through an agonising process. In August 2012 Jodie Simpson, 38, took an overdose at home in Barrow in Furness, [...]

The transgender family where the father gave birth

Warren Fyfe

Media captionMeet Diane and Fernando – Ecuador’s first transgender family Meet one of South America’s most high-profile transgender families. “We don’t have a name yet – or rather we do – we are just waiting to announce it,” Diane tells me, not looking up from tapping at her mobile phone with her perfectly manicured false [...]

One woman’s lonely struggle against famine in Yemen

Warren Fyfe

After two years of war in Yemen and a Saudi-led blockade lasting 18 months millions of people are slowly starving – some are already dying for lack of food. One doctor in the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah is doing all she can to save them. In her 20 years as a doctor Ashwaq [...]

Is it possible to eradicate all diseases?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright AP Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife want to tackle all diseases by the end of the century. Just how feasible is this aim? Pledging $3bn (£2.3bn) to fund medical research over the next decade, Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan said their ultimate goal was to “cure, prevent or manage all diseases by [...]

Does glucosamine really help joint pain?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Science Photo Library Lots of people take glucosamine to help them with pains in their joints, but is there hard evidence that it improves things, asks Dr Chris van Tulleken. Of all the supplements on the shelves purporting to aid one part of our body or another, the most popular by a long [...]

The long wait for F Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘lost stories’

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images News that a collection of previously unpublished stories by the author F Scott Fitzgerald will be released next year has got fans excited. Why haven’t they been published before, and what are they like? F Scott Fitzgerald’s stories of romance and personal tragedy in 1920s America have led him to be [...]

Should Donald Trump’s weight be an election issue?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images Donald Trump’s weight has become an issue in the US election campaign – does it matter that he needs to lose a few pounds? “If I had one thing, I would like to lose weight. It’s tough because of the way I live – but the one thing I would like [...]

Could turmeric really boost your health?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright iStock Bold health claims have been made for the power of turmeric. Is there anything in them, asks Michael Mosley. Turmeric is a spice which in its raw form looks a bit like ginger root, but when it’s ground down you get a distinctive yellowy orange powder that’s very popular in South Asian [...]

In pictures: Georgia’s forgotten people

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Jacob Borden Twenty-five years after the fall of the USSR, many people struggling to find a home and a job in the former Soviet republic of Georgia have made their home in abandoned buildings. Some are refugees from Abkhazia, a Georgian region which fought a war of secession in 1992-93. A quarter of [...]